UCA was recognised for its creative arts research in the REF 2014 with 64% of UCA’s submission classed as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour (compared with 30% in RAE 2008) this is a significant increase. 93% of UCA research activity is recognised for its quality internationally (4*, 3* or 2*) in REF 2014 (compared with 65% in RAE 2008)
UCA submitted to the unit of assessment (UoA) 34 – Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory. The submission presented excellent research, much of which testified to longstanding strengths in the areas of fine art, sustainable design, textiles and crafts, photography, film and the moving image. However, the submission also testified to the trajectory of our research culture and expertise, and demonstrated comprehensive development across other disciplinary areas of our work, such as architecture and digital media.
UCA contributed 104 outputs to the assessment including exhibitions, buildings, ceramics, photographic collections, films, essays, books and commissioned reports, from a total of 33 researchers across the university.
UCA demonstrated the longstanding impact of its international centres, including The International Textiles Research Centre, directed by Professor Lesley Millar MBE, The Crafts Study Centre, directed by Professor Simon Olding, and the Centre for Sustainable Design, directed by Professor Martin Charter.